AMS HP eNews Bulletin 28 October 2016



  Australasian Menopause Society  
Health Professionals eNews28 October 2016
  Welcome to AMS HP eNews for doctors and other healthcare professionals who have a special interest in women's health. The content covers information and resources relevant to menopause, midlife and the promotion of healthy ageing.


20th AMS Congress - Registration 

AMS Annual Congress  Fremantle - Western Australia 18-20 November 2016Attend our Congress at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle, right in the heart of the art and cafe culture of the historic port city and close by to beaches, the Swan river and Rottnest Island. 


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Cardiovascular risk assessment in women 

White-paperFor World Menopause Day this year the International Menopause Society (IMS) highlighted that cardiovascular disease disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in postmenopausal women.


Although it is a disease of ageing, vascular disease initiates much earlier in life.


Thus, there is a need to be aware of the potential to prevent the development of the disease from an early age and continue this surveillance throughout life.


In the White Paper: Cardiovascular risk assessment in women - an update the IMS undertook a systematic review to summarise the literature and evaluate evidence on common, modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in postmenopausal women. 


A White Paper - Cardiovascular risk assessment in women - an update


Note: The IMS grants permission to individuals only to reproduce the copies of the review for their own personal use but requests that organisations contact Ms Lee Tomkins, IMS Executive Director for advice on how to order reprints at



Do what makes your heart healthy 

WMD2016jpgA patient information leaflet: Do what makes your heart healthy was developed for the campaign.


A patient information leaflet: Do what makes your heart healthy was developed for the campaign.


This comprehensive booklet recognises that the menopausal phase in a woman’s life is an important window where preventative measures can be most effective in reducing cardiac risk and prevent heart disease.


It explains how to identify cardiac risk and highlights the top 10 tips for women to work with health professionals to explore options and prevention strategies that provide the correct tailored interventions for an individual patient.




Menopause and Healthy Bones Community Forum  



All members of the community are invited to attend this Community Forum on Menopause and Healthy Bones.


Speakers include Dr Jane Elliott, Past AMS President and Board Member of Osteoporosis Australia, Professor Bronwyn Stuckey, AMS President and Medical Director of the Keogh Institute at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, and Dr Jenny Rogers, AMS Board Member and Perth GP.


Sixty percent of women will suffer moderate symptoms of menopause for 4-8 years, while 20% of women will suffer severe symptoms that can last into their 70s and 80s. Many women suffer in silence while their symptoms impact on their work, families and everyday life. Most symptoms can be alleviated if women see a GP who understands how to manage menopausal symptoms.


Learn about common symptoms of menopause and ways to manage them. Learn about osteoporosis and ways to improve your bone health. Ask questions of the experts in the field of menopause and osteoporosis.


Date and Venue


2-4pm Sunday 18 November 2016

The Esplanade Hotel 46-54 Marine Terrace, Fremantle


This is a free event hosted by the Australasian Menopause Society.

For more details and tickets, see




Are natural alternatives to estrogen replacement therapy safe?  

Although individuals often consume natural products because of their potential health benefits, a review indicates that it is not clear whether the benefits of plant-derived compounds that mimic estrogen outweigh the possible health risks. Phytoestrogens are compounds from plants that are similar in structure to estrogen and are found in a variety of foods, especially soy.


Some women may consume phytoestrogens promoted as natural alternatives to hormone replacement therapy to help ease menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes or to protect against bone loss. 




Sex after menopause - survey 

New survey shows women still don't understand why sex hurts after menopause 


Women's EMPOWER survey confirms reluctance to discuss sex problems and seek treatment despite major educational efforts


The Women's EMPOWER survey, an internet-based survey of 1,858 US postmenopausal women with symptoms of vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA). VVA, was specifically designed to assess women's awareness of VVA and their behaviors and attitudes associated with the treatment of symptoms. The findings came as little surprise to insiders in the medical industry, because they were consistent with six other past VVA surveys that also confirmed that postmenopausal women generally failed to recognize VVA and its chronic progressive course (including urinary problems) and were reluctant to discuss vaginal or sexual symptoms with their healthcare providers.




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Fish and omega-3: no cardiovascular benefit?

The benefits of the Mediterranean diet in regard to cardiovascular health and metabolic risk factors in postmenopausal women are well recognized [1, 2]. Seafood is considered as one of the major components of the Mediterranean diet. So could one make a clear link between a regular consumption of fish and cardiovascular benefits? Most of us would say 'yes, certainly', but a recent publication challenges this common perception. The newest data come from a prospective cohort study of US women participating in the Women's Health Initiative from 1993 to 2014 [3]. A total of 39,876 women who were aged ≥ 45 years and free of cardiovascular disease at baseline provided dietary data on food frequency questionnaires. Analyses used Cox proportional hazards models to evaluate the association between fish and energy-adjusted omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid intake and the risk of major cardiovascular disease, defined as a composite outcome of myocardial infarction, stroke, and cardiovascular death. ... 


New guidelines for risk assessment, diagnosis and treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis


The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American College of Endocrinology recently updated their guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis.  

These guidelines are presented in a very methodological way, with answers to common core questions...


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